Gross value of farm production to reach $58.4 billion

The gross value of Australian farm production is forecast to increase to $58.4 billion in 2016/17 – due in part to a forecast rise in the gross value of crop production –according to the latest analysis released in the ABARES Agricultural Commodities report. Source: AFDJ eNews

Acting ABARES Executive Director, Peter Gooday, said that if realized, the gross value of farm production would be around 13% higher than the average value for the past five years.

“In 2016–17, the gross value of crop production is set to increase by 6.6% to $29.2 billion, which is largely due to a rise in the gross values of horticulture, cotton and oilseed production,” Mr Gooday said.

“The gross value of livestock production is also forecast at $29.2 billion, which remains largely unchanged after an estimated 7.7% increase in 2015-16.

“Following a modest increase of 1.3% in 2015-16, export earnings from farm commodities are forecast to fall slightly to $44 billion in 2016-17.

“While cattle prices are expected to remain strong, beef exports are forecast to fall by 12% as herd rebuilding limits supplies for export.”

Other commodities for which export earnings are forecast to fall in 2016–17 are beef and veal (–12% dairy products (–1%), live feeder/slaughter cattle (–4%) and mutton (–17%).

While export earnings for wheat are expected to remain largely unchanged, rises in export earnings are forecast for wool (6%), sugar (21%), wine (1%), cotton (40%), lamb (3%) and canola (43%).

“Export earnings for fisheries products are also forecast to rise by 8% to $1.7 billion in 2016–17, following an increase of 7% in 2015 16,” Mr Gooday said.

The September edition of the ABARES Agricultural Commodities report also features articles on current agricultural issues, including Australian farm investment.

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